Cytonn: Alternative Investments Internship 2019

By | July 29, 2019

Cytonn: Alternative Investments Internship 2019

Job Type:   Internship

Job Category:   Real Estate

Closing Date:   August 14th, 2019

Location:   Nairobi

Cytonn Investments is an alternative investment manager, with real estate development capability, and a primary focus on private equity and real estate investments in the high growth Kenyan Region. Cytonn has a unique strategy of coupling two compelling demand areas – the lack of high yielding investment products due to the large banking spread, and the lack of institutional grade real estate; by providing high yielding instruments to attract funding from investors, and we deploy that funding to investment grade, well planned and comprehensive real estate developments that are largely pre-sold. With offices in Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri and Kisumu – Kenya and D.C. Metro – U.S, we are primarily focused on offering alternative investment solutions to global and local institutional investors, individual high net-worth investors, and diaspora investors interested in the East-African region.

Real estate investments are made through our development affiliate, Cytonn Real Estate, where we currently have over Kshs. 82 billion (USD 820 mn) of projects under mandate across ten projects. In private equity, we invest in banking, education, and hospitality. Our financial services investments in Sub Saharan Africa are made through our Cytonn Africa Financial Fund (CAFF). Investments in education and hospitality are made through Cytonn Education Services and Cytonn Hospitality, respectively.

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To manage it’s rapid growth, the company is looking for highly motivated, dynamic, self driven and hardworking individuals with strong leadership and entrepreneurial skills to join the Alternative Investments Internship. The Internship has the opportunity for full-time employment for candidates who successfully pass through the internship programme


  1. Connecting real estate market research to real estate investment and guiding a real estate investment project through the entire development process, with oversight over the entire development from an investment and return perspective
  2. Participate in all aspects of the private equity transaction process including deal sourcing, industry research, financial modelling and valuation, preparing investment memoranda, due diligence and ongoing monitoring of portfolio companies
  3. Conducting fundamental investment opportunity research and analysis in private equity and real estate
  4. Conduct financial modelling and analysis in MS Excel, including: design models; identify key drivers and build in sensitivities as appropriate; strong understanding of different valuation methodologies; and ability to identify relative defects and effectiveness of each valuation tool. This will include all investment analysis tools, such as NPV’s, IRR’s and all metrics to capture return on investment
  5. Learning of investment analysis in private equity, structured products, equities & fixed income, and analysing historical and projected financial statements & investment data
  6. Participating in the evaluation, formulation and implementation of investment strategies
  7. Ensure all client queries on real estate and investment products are responded to in a timely manner
  8. Ensure feedback from clients and Real Estate Financial Advisors on real estate and investment products is acted upon appropriately
  9. Facilitate communication between the Distribution Team, Real Estate Investments Team and Operations Team, on real estate products and related matters
  10. Preparing written reports and presentations, and contributing in team meetings
  11. Developing and following through on work plans towards the actualisation of investment opportunities for Cytonn Hospitality, which focuses on delivering Serviced Apartments through development or purchase and refurbishment;
  12. Leading Cytonn Hospitality initiatives that have been approved for implementation by the Board;
  13. Perform any other job-related duties as assigned
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  1. Bachelor’s Degree, First Class or Upper Second (achieved or expected)
  2. Minimum of a B+ in KCSE or equivalent
  3. Undertaking professional qualifications in finance/investments e.g. CFA or be a registered student and actively pursuing the CFA, CPA or CAIA qualifications
  4. Professional attitude
  5. Ability to work in a team
  6. Ready to take on challenges
  7. Demonstrated leadership capability
  8. Innovative and solution-oriented individual
  9. Highly motivated and target driven individual
  10. Prioritizing, time management and organizational skills
  11. Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

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